Biden’s popular vote lead over Trump stretches to more than 6 million

Biden's popular vote lead over Trump stretches to more than 6m
Joe Biden speaks in Wilmington, Delaware, on 19 November. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: Joe Biden’s popular vote in the general election lead over Donald Trump has now stretched to more than 6 million as he continues to rack up the highest number of votes in American history.

The president-elect currently has 79,823,827 compared to the president’s 73,786,905 – itself a record vote cast for a losing candidate in terms of sheer number of votes cast.

Joe Biden’s win in the popular vote tally has also delivered him a convincing mandate in the all-important electoral college, after flipping states like Arizona, Georgia and the midwestern rust belt states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

However, it has not stopped President Trump and many of his Republican allies from seeking to undermine the election result by launching a series of lawsuits and asking for recounts and technical objections. None of the tactics have shown any evidence to back up the US President’s false claims of widespread voter fraud.

Mr Biden, who has denounced the president’s attempt to reverse the election results as “totally irresponsible”, was spending Saturday meeting with transition advisers as he draws up his administration. Mr Trump was scheduled to participate virtually in his last G20 summit.

Senior Republican leaders have remained largely silent about the president’s unsubstantiated and unproven claims of election fraud or have defended his right to seek redress, but pressure was creating after several voiced doubts on Friday.

On Thursday, two Republican sources said a press conference at which Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, accused Democrats of engaging in a “national conspiracy” to manipulate vote totals, while acknowledging that he had no evidence, may have been a turning point for some former allies.

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